Featuring Dr. Tarcisius Kabutaulaka, Associate Professor, Dept. of Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Oceania has become the site of increasing geopolitical competition between China and the US and its allies. In the past decade, China’s influence in the Pacific Islands has increased dramatically. Western countries are pushing back. Meanwhile, Pacific Island countries attempt to make sense of these renewed interests and negotiate relationships in an era of intense geopolitical competition. This talk will examine China’s rising influence, Western reactions, and Pacific Islands responses.